Eco-Chic at 1254 Garden Street

by Abby Montanez
1254 Garden Street

— A Hoboken brownstone undergoes a greenovation.

“In many ways eco-friendly construction and luxury homes go hand in hand,” said owner of Chartier Homes, Thomas Chartier. “They both call for open interior layouts, large windows to bring in natural light and provide a connection to the outdoor landscaping.” For his team’s latest project, working with design firm Nastasi Architects, they channeled these very concepts to transform a historic four-floor brownstone into a luxe green retreat for the eco-conscious consumer.

Its previous homeowners, the Martinez family, purchased the corner property during the 1970s and were one of only four other families to have ever called this place home since its inception in the late 1890s. Their wish going forward was for the design team to preserve the home’s history and character, and for the development group to engineer a now environmentally-friendly living space for potentials buyers. 

“The collaboration with the design and construction team was our favorite part,” explained Chartier. Together, the teams decided to keep the original structure of the home intact because it was well-built to begin with, as well as preserve the stained glass and bay windows. Those then serve as a base for renovating the rest of the house, which speaks to a modern 21st century aesthetic that honors both the past and present. “Sustainability, modernism, and historic character are intertwined as one,” said architect John Nastasi. 

The reconstruction allows for flexibility where both teams see fit, with renovations completed in the living room, kitchen, bathrooms, master suite, and the addition of entertainment spaces, wine room, and all-season fitness center. The brownstone itself was conceptualized with an expanding family in mind, which explains the in-home elevator for easy accessibility and unobstructed site lines from inside the home directly into the private backyard.

1254 Garden StreetWhen it comes to implementing sustainable practices, the home will not only stand up to LEED Platinum certification standards, but steps are also being taken during the design and construction phases to demonstrate several eco-friendly advancements. (LEED buildings save energy, water, resources, generate less waste, and support human health.)

The home will be outfitted with solar panels on the roof to produce power and energy, a ventilation system to supply fresh air, LED lighting, and a multi-zone heat pump system which Chartier explained eliminates the need for burning fossil fuels and any worries concerning carbon monoxide. In addition, all of the materials used in the construction process are considered low and/or non-toxic and any rain water that was collected was recycled for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.

1254 Garden StreetAt first glance, 1254 Garden Street maintains the same soul and charm it did nearly 130 years ago. And while not much has changed in the way of its signature brownstone style, it will be both green and glamorous without having to sacrifice sustainability for luxury. “It’s an honor for me and my team to sell a property of this caliber and we are thrilled to present such a unique eco-luxe home to Hoboken,” said Real Estate Broker and Sales Agent Lisa Troyano-Ascolese of the myHOMEboken team at Engel & Völkers. 1254 Garden Street is currently listed on the market at $3.5 million and awaits its exciting transformation and next family.

Is this the home for you? For more information, please contact Lisa Troyano-Ascolese of Engel & Völkers Hoboken at (201) 213-2617 or visit the property’s website at

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Abby is The Digest's Managing Editor. She spends her time looking at dogs on Instagram and eating her way around Jersey City.

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